Identification and characterization of Cercospora malayensis causing leaf spot on kenaf

Sung Hee Park, In Young Choi, Wang Hyu Lee, Kui Jae Lee, Victor Galea, Hyeon Dong Shin

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In September 2013 and 2014, a significant number of kenaf plants showing symptoms of leaf spots with approximately 50% incidence were found in experimental plots in Iksan and Namwon, Korea. Leaf spots were circular to irregular, more or less vein-limited, reaching to 10 mm in diameter. The spots were initially uniformly brown to reddish brown, turning pale brown with a purplish margin and showing grayish patches on the lesion due to heavy fructification. The causative agent of the leaf spot disease was identified as Cercospora malayensis. The pathogenicity test was conducted with similar results, which fulfilled Koch's postulates. This is the first report of C. malayensis infection of kenaf in Korea.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)114-118
Number of pages5
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Jun 1


  • Cercospora malayensis
  • Hibiscus cannabinus
  • Kenaf
  • Leaf spot
  • Multigene phylogenetic analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology
  • Infectious Diseases


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